Always a beautiful song no matter who sings it, though this version is particularly nice. I’m always amazed at singers who can hit that high note on the word “divine” at the end of the song. It takes talent to do that. Hope everyone is having a happy Christmas season.
[ Ed. note – The video above contains Russian Christmas music. I thought it very fitting to post given the news which appeared yesterday on the Russian Faith website–namely that the Russian Orthodox Church has vowed to help Christian communities in Syria rebuild. The war in Syria has in some respects been a war against Christianity.
This is an old English Christmas carol which tells the story of the appearance of the host of angels to the shepherds on the night of Christ’s birth (as related in the Gospel of Luke). The lyrics were written by Nahum Tate, who became England’s poet laureate in 1692, and were later adapted to an aria by Handel.
Amazingly Jose Feliciano, at the age of 72, is still going strong. You can go here to read about a recent performance he did at London’s Royal Albert Hall along with British performer Jools Holland. Feliciano is a native of Puerto Rico. He was born blind with congenital glaucoma, yet he wishes us a merry Christmas from the bottom of his heart.
Speaking on Tuesday of this week, CIA Director John Brennan accused Russia of waging a “scorched earth policy” in Syria. I think clearly we can see evidence of this in the above video.
All kidding aside, Christian charity seems very much alive in Aleppo, and Russian soldiers apparently are quite in the Christmas spirit (The Russian Orthodox celebration of Christmas takes place this Saturday, January 7). The children in the video reportedly are saying “Thanks Russia” in both Arabic and Russian.
In a beautiful show of interfaith solidarity, an all-Muslim, all-girls choir gave a Christmas concert at a church in Beirut on December 19. The girls comprise the Imam Sadr Foundation Choir, and their performance took place alongside popular Lebanese singer Abeer Nehme. The event, held at Beirut’s St. Elias Greek Catholic Church, was organized by the Beirut Chants Festival. (H/T Sabba )